Holland America ship approved to ride Hurricane Irene out at NYC pier

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With the onset of Hurricane Irene, the term ‘weathering the storm’ rings true for one Holland America ship. The 719′ 1,350-passenger ms Veendam will dock at a NYC pier overnight tonight and Sunday, leaving Monday for Bermuda.

The ms Veendam is scheduled to arrive at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal later this morning. “Guests who desire to leave Saturday morning in advance of the storm will be able to do so. For guests who overnight until Sunday, the ship will remain in port. These plans have been approved by the United States Coast Guard and the New York City Mayor’s Office,” said a spokesman for the cruise line.

“Guests will be able to embark as scheduled on Sunday provided there is access to the cruise terminal. Due to the government declared evacuation of some areas of the city and impending transit challenges, access to the cruise terminal may be limited or closed on Sunday.”

The ship is currently scheduled to leave New York on Monday at 2pm.

Late Friday, aviation officials made the decision to shut down the major airports to arriving flights at noon today. The city stated they’ll be shutting down subways and buses at noon, too.

According to StormPulse.com, Hurricane Irene’s outer bands are expected to reach the New York City later today and last throughout late Sunday. Wind gusts could be as high as 80 mph.

Did Holland America make the right decision? Share your thoughts below.

(Update: August 27, 1100am)

4 Responses

  1. holland america is being irresponsible by not canceling the veendam cruise scheduled to leave on aug.28 (now the 29th). they are forcing passengers to board or lose 100% of their payment. they claim to put passenger safety first — but forcing passengers to brave hurricane irene is reckless — and if the ship does embark on monday — rough seas will put more passengers in danger.

    they should give passengers the opportunity to reschedule to another cruise.

    shame on you holland america.

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